2011Cycle wrote: Barbie wrote:
2011Cycle wrote:Latest (2009) University of Miami Placement Statistics
Dayum. Looks good on paper. I wonder how many are forced to work in something besides law?
Looks like 30% in what most would could "market" compensation positions law firm positions-- not bad for University of Miami. With 80% of the students landing initially in the South Atlantic, the 30% number is not that bad.
I am a current UM law student, and I do not know where they come up with these statistics. Honestly, from my point of view and all of us here at the school who can't land a summer job with a firm or those who are 3Ls and graduating at the top of their class and struggling to get in with small firms paying $70k, these numbers lie. I'm sorry, but I bought into these stats before I came to UM. Job prospects are not good coming from UM. It is going to be (for you) and has been (for us) really really dim. I'm going to post a response I wrote on another thread about attending Miami or a higher ranked school:
...but as a current Univ of Miami law student, I would warn you as much as I can to stay away. First, Univ. of Miami isn't ranked as well, but don't think it'll be easier to rank in the top of your class--it won't. It's still quite competitive, and it's law school (plus UM has a really really tough curve). I am a 2L at U of Miami in the top 1% of the class, law review, ivy league grad, and had the opportunity to transfer to a top 14 and stayed in Miami for the money--big mistake. None of us have been able to find jobs for the summer, let alone get interviews. And of course, the economy is bad, but if you're looking to stay in South Florida, the job market is already really small, and is as tight as ever---firms down here are taking like 1-2 summers, and often, the small number of firms that there are don't even take students from down here. If you graduate from here, it will be hard to get a job anywhere else (I interviewed at many firms all over the country this year, and employers all but laughed at UM and asked why I didn't transfer--not joking). I lucked out and landed a summer associate position for next summer on teh west coast, by sheer luck and right time/place, but most people I know cannot even find an internship. To make a long story short--if you definitely know you want to stay in florida/miami for a very long time, and don't want to have a good shot at big law firm job, stay away from Miami. They lure people in with propaganda and distortions. Go with the better ranked school that will take your further in the long run. Miami may be good if you want to work in government (in Florida, that is, or public interest).